School education and literacy department has asked all District Superintendents of Education (DSE) and programme officers of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan to ensure that all the schools celebrate World Yoga Day on June 21.
The letter from department secretary Aradhana Patnaik directs DSEs to ensure that programmes are organized at state, district, block and panchayat levels between 7 and 8 am on the day.
Patnaik said, "There is a necessity to organize regular yoga and health education in schools apart from academics, as it helps children to be physically and mentally fit." The letter also directs that along with the children, teachers and members of school management should also participate in the hour long yoga session.
The schools have to keep the practice ground clean and provide student with yoga mats. Schools have also been directed to choose a qualified yoga instructor to begin by teaching children the basic yoga positions. Photographs of the celebration are to be submitted to the department within a week.
Ranchi DSE Jayant Mishra said, "While some schools already teach yoga to students, many others have found yoga teachers and are likely to start yoga practice before June 21. We have also sent a letter to private schools requesting them to organize yoga sessions on World Yoga Day."